No one likes mosquitoes. In fact I know many people who would prefer they were extinct. Should you begin work on a weapon to eradicate the world’s #1 blood-sucking tropical menace, just make sure it doesn’t involve knocking them out of the sky with water droplets (I really have no idea why you would design anything that way, but just go with me here).
It turns out that for such a small insect (about 10 mm in length) the world is a big, scary, awful place full of giants who try to kill you as you vampirize mere nanoliters of their precious bodily fluids. And then there’s the rain. A raindrop, to a mosquito, is like getting hit with a liquid school bus. The g-shock is comparable to 300 gravities, about 30 times more than a human fighter pilot would experience.
They have evolved ways to avoid death by liquid aerial bombardment. As you can see in the super-high-speed footage above, their bodies tend to absorb the shock of the drop and deflect its path, rather than breaking the drop and transferring the energy to their exoskeleton. They do this by means of body size as well as hydrophobic hairs on their surface that repel water.
If you have a better way to get them, the forthcoming Texas summer gives me a vested interest in avoiding these little guys. I’m thinking tiny missiles. Or maybe I can depend on Austin’s bats.
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